CCA joins coali­tion law­suit to block im­ple­men­ta­tion of COOL

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The Cana­dian Cat­tle­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion (CCA) has joined a coali­tion of meat and live­stock or­ga­ni­za­tions in the U.S. and Canada in fil­ing a law­suit to block im­ple­men­ta­tion of the re­cently amended U.S. manda­tory Coun­try of Ori­gin La­bel­ing (COOL) reg­u­la­tion.

The com­plaint is made on the grounds that the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture’s (USDA) May 23, COOL amend­ment vi­o­lates the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion and the U.S. Agri­cul­ture Mar­ket­ing Act, and is ar­bi­trary and capri­cious. The law­suit was filed July 8 in the U.S. Dis­trict Court for the Dis­trict of Columbia. In ad­di­tion to the CCA, plain­tiffs in­clude the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Meat Pro­ces­sors, Amer­i­can Meat In­sti­tute, Cana­dian Pork Coun­cil, National Cat­tle­men’s Beef As­so­ci­a­tion, National Pork Pro­duc­ers Coun­cil, North Amer­i­can Meat As­so­ci­a­tion, and South­west Meat As­so­ci­a­tion. Click here to read the coali­tion’s joint news re­lease. CCA Pres­i­dent Martin Un­rau said the le­gal ac­tion is war­ranted be­cause the in­crease in dis­crim­i­na­tion against im­ported cat­tle in­her­ent in USDA’s May 23 amend­ments to the COOL rule will ir­repara­bly in­jure Canada’s live­stock pro­duc­ers. “The CCA is forced to take this step with its al­lies as the USDA chooses to con­tinue down a path of un­fair trade dis­crim­i­na­tion that un­der­mines the job se­cu­rity of Amer­i­can work­ers and harms the U.S. meat pro­cess­ing in­dus­try in ad­di­tion to plac­ing an un­fair bur­den on Cana­dian cat­tle pro­duc­ers.”

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